Animal Species:Pseudophanes melanoptera Turner, 1940
This remarkable lichen moth is a close mimic of arctiid moths in the subfamily Ctenuchinae. For a long time the species was only known from the type series which was collected in 1906 by F.P. Dodd. Specimens were recently collected by David Rentz in Kuranda.
A larger species with elongate dark wings with indistinct black markings in the cell of fore and hind wings. The abdomen and thorax has bright orange annuli (bands) of scales which resemble the markings seen in Amata spp. and other Ctenuchinae. It can be differentiated from these moths by wing venation.
Amata and other Ctenuchinae
Kuranda and Cairns (QLD)
Distribution by collection data
Feeding and Diet
Larvae probably feed on lichens
Dr Dave Britton , Collection Manager, Entomology